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severally paraded in the Bird Cage I’alk, by one of the candidates, in person, and from thence marched, urregimentalled, to vote in support of Sir Cecil Wray and Seeret Influence. -Who will now say, that prerogative has not its full swing?
It is a fact upon which our readers may inoft confidently rely, that not less than four hundred soldiers belonging to the guards, voted for Sir Cecil Wray and Lord Hood, which was the sole cause of the temporary fuperiority of the former over Mr. Fox. It will shock every man who still retains an attachment to the constitution of his country, to be informned, which is nevertheless strictly true, that most of the poor fellows belonging to the above corps were compelled fome time ago to subject themselves to the expence of house-rents, that they might be convertible into use on an Election emergency.
There never was a more striking instance of the unbiaffed freedom of the British Electors than hias been exhibited in the course of the present contest for Westminster. The independence of the constituent, which is the great fource of the independence of the representatives, was never persevered in with fo tenacious a sacredness. We can assure our readers, that all the soldiers of the guards, Jailors, and the whole body of Court trade/mex, who have voted on the above occafion, were under no undue influence what. ever, but gave their suffrages from the purest motives of genuine patriotisin and the most disinterefied preference to those two great and decided friends of the House of Commons and the Constitution, Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray.
The conduct of her RH-s Poss A--, on this occasion does her immortal honour. Her R--H-- ss received a message from St. James's, requesting that she would command her household and tradesmen to vote for the Court candidates; to which she replied, that “ she had been taught by her great and glorious father George “ the Second, that it was contrary to the principles of the conftitution, and beneath the “ dignity of the Crown, to interfere in popular Elections, and that she was determined
never to depart from fo illustrious an example, but to leave all her dependants at free“ dom to judge and act like Englishinen!”
This is not the first instance that the R-l name has been degraded to influence Elections; it was used fo imprudently at Windfor againit Lord Keppel, that he had a certainty of carrying his Election if he could have been prevailed on to petition against the return; but his Lordship chose rather to lose his Election, than to expose the Royal name to the contempt and ridicule of an Election Committee.
The present Prerogative Ministry (lays a correspondent) who for the purposes of their immoderate ambition have involved the King in a contest with the House of Commons, are proceeding further to degrade the Royal name, by employing it for the most unconftitutional purpose of influencing Elections. When our Kings have been advised to become partizans, and have funk themselves to the level of individuals to gratify the views of party, disappointment and mortification have been the certain consequences.
There is a spirit in Englishmen that revolts at an unequal contest, and will not suffer a great and manly character to be crushed even by the arm of
The number of April fools on Thursday last was much greater than usual, owing to the General Election.
The partizans of Sir Cecil Wray have pretty nearly exhausted all their arts and all their lifls; they can no longer deceive the people, by declaring, during the poll, that Lord North has lost his Election for Banbury, and Lord John Cavendish for York. The retort upon Mr. Fox to counteract the indignation raised in every honest breast by Sir Cecil Wray's inhumanity to the Chelsea Pensioners, has already lost all its effects, and his supposed bribery at Taunton is found to have been the lie of the day. The safety of the peaceable Electors is secured against the violence of the crews of seamen, who, to
the disgrace of the first Lord of the Admiralty, have been let loose on the city with their officers at their head; all the guards have been mustered and voted, and the poll is at present dragged out by lodgers, and persons having no votes. The numerous body of Electors who have promised Mr. Fox, and have hitherto been detained from approaching the Huftings, will now therefore make their appearance, and ascertain the independency of the city.
A gentleman on Tuesday last, met an old acquaintance walking to tlie Hustings in Covent Garden : “ So! you are going,” said he, “to vote for that fad dog Charles “ Fox!” The other coolly replied, “ I am determined, Sir, to give Mr. Fox my vote, 6 not because he is a fad dog, but for a better' reason ;-he is a good house dog : I mean “ a good House of Commons dog. And while we have him there to guard our liberties,
we shall have little reason to apprehend any danger from court wolves or ministerial tygers." April 8.] Mrs. Hobart made her appearance yesterday, in her carriage, near the Hustings at Covent Garden, under the noxious banner of Sir Cecil Wray; but unfortunately for her, she was obliged to pass the line of Devonshire beautics, that were ranged along the windows at the end of Henrietta street, from whom she received a plaioon of hiljes, for her groundless apostacy!
The mode that has been adopted in the present contest, to compel the guard soldiers to vote for Sir Cecil Wray, is this: the Colonel of each regiment has the power of giving or refusing leave to the privates, to work at their relpective trades. The permission to do so, makes the difference of 30s. a week in their favour; of course, the withholding leave is a most effectual punishment for any inattention to the Colonel's mandate. In this manner, four hundred votes have been jobbed for Sir Cecil Wray; deduct that number froin Sir Cecil's voters, and there remains a decided majority in favour of Mr. Fox. Is it possible, that the real respectable Electors will suffer their uninfluenced opinions to be violated by the worst force of the military power?- Revenue officers of every denomination are prohibited from voting; and yet though it must be evident to every man of the least reflection, that the foldiery are infinitely more subject to influence, the Election of Westminster may ultimately be decided by four hundred of the guards!
Those who conceive Mr. Fox's Election to be lost for Westminster, merely on account of the present fallacious aspect of things, are most egregioully mistaken indeed. The independent men who are under no indirect influence, and are not compelled to convene at any particular inoment, and to proceed to vote under any particular leader, are not always fo forward with their fuffrages, and it is well known, from a recent canvass, that at least seven hundred votes of this description, remain at this time unpolle,, in the interest of Mr. Fox. These men are not to be marshalled, like a detachment of guards, and have no commanding officer to administer a whipping in case of disobedience. They knew no standard but that of liberty—and acknowledge no orders, but the dictates of their confcience. A very few days will prove the truth of these affertions.
Her Majesty has all the morning prints at breakfast every day, and the Princesses are permitted to read them. Her eye caught the indecent language of that one which attacked the Duchefs of Devonshire. She gave it to an attendant and said, let that paper never more enter the palace doors. The story got round, and the same orders were. given every where else.
Monf. le Duc de Bouillon, now resident here, uncle to the Emperor of Germany, and of course one of the first Peers of France, has interested himself very zealously in
Mr. Fox's cause. A schig Frenchman is rather a rare character, but here we find it
Her Grace of Devonshire, Lady Duncannon, and one of the Lady Waldıgraves, to-
The lovely Duchess is indefatigable in the cause of liberty; in spite of all the ministerial exertions against the ladies, the hearts of Englishmen are not yet insensible to the attractive graces of beauty. It is in vain that the unmanly runners of the immacu-late youth revile the lex; they are fill triumphant with every man of sensibility and honour. The dapper tribe of boy fenators had better be on their guard; the indignation of the people, when once it'is thoroughly roused, may not be foon allayed.
April 9. Lord North polled yesterday for Mr. Fox.
The halt, lame, and blind, were brought up yesterday to the Hustings at Covent Gardeni, to poll for the Man of the Court, in opposition to that statesman, who is still the Alan of the People!
The Court tools of the parish of St. Ann's, that have so honourably distinguished themfelves during the present electioneering contest, in the cause of freedom! not content in canvassing their parish with their reverend Pastor and Churchwar dens at their head, contrived to make nocturnal visits to the indigent class of inhabitants, reinforced by the collectors of taxes, who, by this oppressive manæuvre found little difficulty, as may be supposed, in compelling those who were in arrears to vote against the MAN of their ow'r choice!
A morning paper, particularly friendly to the present Ministry, yesterday gave notice, that their Majesties' households will now be paid up to Lady-day. N. B. All the household troops have now voted against Mr. Fox!
Let it not be forgot by the worthy and free inhabitants of Westminster, that on the first great contest for the independence of the city of Westminster, from the shackles of aristocratic authority, Mr. Fox was five hundred behind Lord Lincoln, a few days before the conclusion of the Election, but notwithstanding obtained a most decisive triumph at the final close of the poll.
Whatever may be the result of the present contest, it is the strict duty of Mr. Fox to expose the shameful devices that have been practised by his opponents. It is a notorious fact, that above 300 receipts for parochial taxes were sent by a certain Committee to their military voters, with this short explanation :-Vote for the Court, and keep the receipt-Vote the other way, and vice the receipt ; expect the utmost rigour of the law for the fighted delay.
It is universally observed, that, in every ministerial publication of the present period, there is a regular and systematic attack against the ladies. This remark is strictly true; examine any ministerial publication, and if it does not contain grofs and unmanly reflections on the loveliest and most amiable of the fex, then the point in question shall be given up; but, on the contrary, if there appears an invariable practice in all ministerial writings, to freer at women, then let us feel like Englishmen, and detest a habit fo foreign to the native gallantry of British hearts, so unworthy the natural feelings of virtue and honour.
When Sir Cecil Wray shook hands with Lord Hood yesterday on the Huftings, one of the votets cried out, “ Take çare, my Lord, if he smiles in your face, he'll cer
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311 tainly betray you." The honest hint of approbation broke forth and the populace exclaimed, “ Down with ingratitude, down with the viper that ftung his friend!”
The spirit of the Electors of Westıninster is at length most thoroughly roused, by the indignities offered to this great city, in bringing the military mercenaries to vote against Mr. Fox. Every honest Englishman is eager to distinguish himself in counteracting the dirty tricks of the Court; nor is there the least doubt, that there is still a sufficient number of voters to rescue Westminster from the haughty grasp of the Northumberland aristocracy!
We congratulate the good people of England on the rapid progress they have made within the latt fix weeks, towards the perfect recovery of their fenfes. Justly jealous of their liberties, they are precipitate in taking the alarm-honest and manly in their tempers—when rouled, they are proportionally warm. Jealousy is ever subject to extraordinary suspicion. This is well understood by artful designers, who have been employed for months past by the present Ministry, and their friends, to infuse into the minds of the public such apprehensions and false ideas of danger, as might best contribute to the completion of popular deception. But, thank Heaven, the day of passion is paft-men begin to cool, to reflect, to reason. The India Bill, and every part of the conduct of the Coalition, is now considered with calmness and moderation; the artifices of the secret junto begin now to be understood, and a regard for the Constitution to predominate over that temporary enthusiasm, which faw nothing lovely or vahuable in the equilibrium of the three estates, while compared with the Prerogative of the Crown. Two months ago, Mr. Newnham and Mr. Sawbridge (such was the political influence of that period) would not have polled one tenth part of their present numbers. Two months ago, Mr. Fox did not appear to have any friends in Westminster, and yet now he has thousands—and what affords an additional proof, that the enthusiasm of the country people is departing from thein, Mr. Hartley, who had no friends at the Reading meeting, has found to formidable a support at Abingdon, as bids fair to carry his Election.
What have the ladies done to call down the whole weight of penfioned pens, and minifterial mercenaries? Read the legend of lies, and you would suppose that the fiends are in league to fupport Mr. Fox. Go to the Hustings, and you will feel that he the favourite of angels! Say what you will, ye immaculate and chaste Ministers, 'tis all in vain! We have no Salic law in England-ours is the land of liberty and love! Nor will the spirit of Englishmen endure the revival of Daddy James's politics,
“ When mincing minions ruld, and love was loft !" Sir Cecil Wray's friends begin now to despair for him, the Court interest is now exhausted, and the detection of the multitude of false votes polled for Judas seems to have determined large bodies of the real Electors, who intended to have remained neuter, to come forth and affert their own rights, by supporting Mr. Fox, and discouraging impostors.
Three of the rendezvous, at which the supporters of Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray meet, are the Auction rooms of Mr. Christie in Pall-mal}, Suffolk's under the Piazza, and Patterson's in King-street; a clear demonstration, that those candidates meant to carry their point by “knock-me-down doings !"
Lord Maitland, Lord Surrey, Mr. Powys, Mr. Sheridan, and Colonel Fitzpatrick, labour under the violent displeasure of Mr. Pitt's junto, for their uniform and judicious support of their friend Mr. Fox, with that superior display of abilities for which those Gentlemen are more particularly distinguished.
While the Duchess of Devonihire and her suite are rattling through the alleys on the one side, and the Duchess of Rutland on the other, the firit is treated in a profligate morning print with all the dirty and obfiene cant of a common brothel, and the second is treated in all the other newspapers, with the gallantry and respect due to female beauty. Poila la difference!
The present Minster, principally on the suggestion of his relation Lord Mahon, has in contemplation an object which has long been withed for in vain-something of the plan of the Jus Trium Liberorurn of the ancients--specific immunities and profitable distinctions, to encourage matrimony, and alleviate the burthens of a large family.
A correspondent, who is at a loss to know what cause can induce even the lowest mercenary of a Court to descend to the despicable meanness of an unremitting attack upon the fair sex, begs to solicit information upon so curious a subject, by asking the following questions : 1. Are these detractors of the best part of God's works ready to admit that they dislike the lex, and therefore afperse them? To acknowledge this, would be to consign themselves to irreparable infamy. 2. is it that they are hired to do it, which is much the more charitable alternative, and if so, by whom? Sure the present immaculate Ministry can issue no wages for a purpose fo evidently repugnant to all their feelings. 3. Is it that their friend, the Knight of the Hospital, having first en, deavoured to oppreis the lower order of women, has thought it expedient to proceed with the same good-natured intention to the highest? 4. Is it that the freedom and the constitution of the country is to perfectly odious to them, that they hate even BEAUTY when employed in that cause? To some of the above reasons this infamous proeeeding must be owing; and our correspondent, anxious for the prevention of a practice fo diigraceful to the very name of man, and so peculiarly dilgusting to the eyes and ears of Englishmen, withes to know to which of them he is in future to afa cribe it.
An Election Bon Mot.-When his Majesty first heard that the Prince of Wales had interested himfelf for the success of Mr. Fox, he deputed one of the aristocratic lacquies of his bedchamber to wait upon his Royal Highness, and to remonstrate with him on the impropriety of such an interference. “ His Majesty, (fays the Lordly messenger,) “ is surprized at the Heir Apparent's taking an active part on the fubject of an election."
_“ Be to good as present my humble duty to the King, (replied the other Great Per• sonage) and say it does not appear half lo strange that the Heir to his Majesty as that “ Majelty itself should take an active part on such an occasion. I never employed “ Weltjie till bis Majesty had first employed the Earl of S, and if there was any « difference between us, it was only that I had employed the more respectable mei66 senger.”
The infamous misrepresentations of the conduct of a certain illustrious character within these few days, challenge the reprobation of every good and thinking man. not all occasionally experience an inconvenience from the ignorant and hasty zeal of servants, who hardly ever interpret a master's meaning right, or exercise any authority with discretion?
Let us suppose for a moment that Mr. Fox should not come into Parliament at all, where will be the check, the controul, that all Ministers require? Who, beside Mr. Fox, is qualified to be the champion of those rights which every Minister has temptations to violate ? Nothing short of Mr. Fox's talents can maintain that post, against the invasions which are meditating, against the powers which the Minster will shortly bring forward, in order to govern the country at difcretion. If Mr. Fox has loft his minifterial strength, he inust fill be formidable as Patrocles in Achilles' armour; his very